3 Down, 7 to Go - Border Towns on Full Alert
Reports reaching this paper indicate that three of the individuals declared wanted by the Government of Liberia for their alleged role in the ongoing crossed border raids between here and Ivory Cost are now in the government’s dragnet.
Of the three, two is said to have turned themselves in on Friday, a day after government released the list of the 10 individuals, while the group rang leader, (name withheld) was arrested over the weekend, according to security sources. The two, who turned themselves in on Friday are Ofore Diah (Former LURD frontline Commander), and Abednego Zleh (Ex- MODEL General).
The government on Thursday listed 10 individuals among them Mr. Isaac Sayou Chegbo (alias Bob Marley) Ex-MODEL General, Amos Cheyee (Former Chief of Staff of MODEL), Bobby Sharpee (alias Julu) Former Frontline Commander of MODEL , Gen. Congbe Norman (alias Col. One Way),Nehzee Barway (Former MODEL General) and Others are Tailey Gladier (alias Igwe) Ex- MODEL General.
Also wanted are Charles Ble Goude (Former Youth Minister and leader of the pro-Gbagbo group) and Didier Gbagbo (one of the leader of the Ivorian rebellion) The authorities here said the individuals herein listed have been declared WANTED by the Liberian Government and therefore, are calling on all peace loving citizens within the parameter of Liberia to assist the state security with information regarding their whereabouts and subsequent arrest.
At the same time Grand Gedeh County newly confirmed Superintendent Peter Solo has disclosed that all towns along the Ivorian-Liberian borders are on full alert to inform security personnel of any crossed border activity or strange movements.
A citizens’ watch team is being established to monitor developments along the borders, while at the same time convening regular meetings between the joint security and civilians”, he said in Monrovia during the weekend.
Supt. Solo said residents along the borders are first contact of any act of insecurity so they are prepared to closely work with both Liberian security personnel and the United Nations Mission in Liberia military team currently protecting the borders with Ivory Coast.
Superintendent Solo spoke recently when he was confirmed by the Liberian Senate in Monrovia. He promised to encourage greater collaboration between the civilian population and security personnel in the county.
The Senate’s confirmation of Supt. Solo followed a recommendation by its Internal Affairs Committee after ‘hectic vetting process’ during which he outlined his development agenda, with specific focus on short and mid-term deliverables.
Mr. Solo was named to fill the post when the General Auditing Commission’s audit report indicted former Superintendent-designate William Karyee on charges of theft properties. President Sirleaf appointed Mr. Karyee as Superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent Christopher Bailey.
Commenting on reconciliation, Mr. Solo said, “A preparation committee has been formed to draw up strategies in the implementation of our reconciliation agenda for the county. We plan to reach out to all, not only in our county but also across our borders.
We intend to hold reconciliation conferences internally with citizens in Grand Gedeh, involving all tribes and with citizens of Nimba, River Gee, Maryland and Sinoe counties, using the traditional methods (Palava hut).”
He added that a county education trust fund would be set up through which funds would be channeled and utilized to sponsor students studying geology, civil and mechanical engineering, and petro chemical as well as information technology and aviation.